Excuses and Excesses

bottlesPastor James MacDonald says “Every social evil is significantly amplified by alcohol.” Think about it:

  • Drug abuse
  • Family abuse
  • Perverted sexuality
  • Murder

All these negative social tragedies are amplified by the use of alcohol!

The Bible declares drunkenness is not wise and a hurdle to heaven.* The Apostle Paul warns in 1 Corinthians 5 and 6 about phony followers who are immoral, greedy, worship idols, curse others, get drunk, cheat others or worse. (5:11; 6:9-12)

He goes on to say that true followers may need to avoid contact with these phony followers, lest reproach be brought on the church and the gospel by the appearance of approving their sinful conduct (5:9-13).

Paul summed it up by saying “God paid a great price for you. So use your body to honor God” (6:13-20 CEV).

If you want to be more than a baby Christian all your life, stop with the excuses and excesses. Become a man—or woman—for God!

* See Proverbs 20:1 and 23:29-35; Romans 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; 1 Corinthians 6:9-12; Galatians 5:19-211 Thessalonians 5:5-8;

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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